Job Creation

Lewis County SolarKentucky has the potential for immediate economic opportunities from investments in energy efficiency and renewable energy production. These investments include both engaging in public and private initiatives and passing policy measures to support the growing regional green energy market.  A study by the Center for American Progress found that Kentucky could see a net increase of about $2.0 billion in investment revenue and 26,000 jobs based on its share of a total of $150 billion in clean-energy investments occurring annually across the country.

Reports and Resources

Synapse Economics and MACED. "Potential Impacts of a Renewable and Efficiency Portfolio Standard in Kentucky" (January 2012):

Appalachian Regional Commission, “Energizing Appalachia: A Regional Blueprint for Economic and Energy Development” (October 2006):


Appalachian Regional Commission, “Summary of National and State Energy Policy Trends” (August 2006):


Center for American Progress, "Economics of Clean Energy in Kentucky" (October 2009):


Kentuckians for the Commonwealth, "The Right Decision for Changing Times" (April 2009):


Marshall University Center for Business and Economic Research, “Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy in Appalachia: Policy and Potential” (August 2006):


National Renewable Energy Laboratories, "State of State Renewable Policy" (October 2009):


New Rules Project. "Rural Power: Community-Scaled Renewable Energy and Rural Economic Development" (September 2008):


Oak Ridge Center for Advanced Studies, “Summary of the ARC-ORCAS Energy Workshops on Creating an Energy Blueprint for Appalachia” (August 2006):


Ochs Center for Metropolitan Studies, “An Analysis Of The Economic Impact Of Energy  Efficiency And Renewable Energy In The East Kentucky Power Cooperative Region” (July 2009):


Pennsylvania State University, “Economic Development Potential of Conventional and Potential Alternative Energy Sources in Appalachian Counties” (June 2006):


Pennsylvania State University Dept. of Geography, “Energizing Appalachia: Global Challenges and the Prospect of a Renewable Future” (September 2007):


Pew Center on the States, "Clean Energy Economy:  Kentucky Fact Sheet" (June 2009):

Singh, Virinder.  “The Work That Goes Into Renewable Energy.”  Renewable Energy Policy Project (2001):

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People's Self Help Housing has been providing affordable housing opportunities to families in Lewis County since 1982. PSHH knows that "affordability" is defined by more than just the mortgage. If a home is energy inefficient, the utility bills become too high for a low-income family to afford. As a result, PSHH has long-built highly energy efficient homes, helping the families they serve to thrive. PSHH has also recently built some of the first affordable homes in the region with renewable energy systems. Given that so many low-income KY families live in energy inefficient homes, combining affordability, efficiency and renewable energy is a recipe for success that benefits everyone.


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